General Assembly 2015

As agreed by the Steering Committee of MedCities held on April 21st in Tetuan (Morocco), the Medcities General Assembly 2015 took place on11 November 2015, in Dubrovnik (Croatia) with the support of the City of Dubrovnik.

More than 35 cities of the North and South shores of the Mediterranean represented by mayors and elected officials participated in the MedCities General Assembly 2015.

The event was opened with the interventions of Andro Vlahušić, mayor of  Dubrovnik, Mohamed Idaomar, MedCities president and mayor of Tetuan and Alfred Bosch, vice-President of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, which hosts the General Secretariat of MedCities.

The most rellevant decision of the General Assembly was the approval of the new Secretary General of the network Xavier Tiana, also responsible for Barcelona Metropolitan Area International Relations Department since January 2014. Formerly, he was Head of the European Cooperation Office of the Barcelona Provincial Council, and Director of the Cabinet of the Síndic Major (President of the Audit Office) from the Sindicatura de Comptes of Catalonia.  He has a Degree in Political Sciences-International Relations, Master in European Studies and a  Postgraduate in Local Government.

The Assembly thanked all the efforts done by Joan Parpal, former Secretary General, during the 25 years of the network. 

An interesting debate on urban challenges in the Mediterranean took place between the members of the network and with the support of the analysis done by the Barcelona Center of International Affairs - CIDOB, that presented a document with some interesting inputs and ideas to discuss.

Another relevant issue that was discussed during the General Assembly was the presentation of the 25th year campaign that will take place during the 2016, with a new logo for the network and the organisation of different activities.